Since last week, it's been impossible to escape the news of Kim Kardashian's encounter with a mysterious "flour bomber" who doused her during the launch of her new fragrance in Los Angeles.
In case you missed it, you can check out the footage here:
I'm not sure what everyone is so shocked about. This brazen form of activism goes back ages. Its objective is to publicly shame the target. Gay activists have been glitter bombing anti-gay figures for years and a pie in the face is the oldest trick in the book.
What is far more shocking, are the comments made by Ms. Kardashian's sister, Khloe, who, when discussing the incident, stated, "I don't condone violence and bullying and what happened last Thursday was just that."
Is she kidding?
Either her moral universe is completely upside down, or she knows nothing about where the real violence and bullying occur in this story: on fur farms.
Take a look at this video Martha Stewart recently recorded:
After watching these images, who in their right mind would entertain Ms. Kardashian's comments as anything but rubbish? I'm sure rabbits being skinned alive would instead beg for a dousing of flour. And as far as bullying, I don't think there's any question that these animals are terrorized mercilessly. When juxtaposed with reality, her words seem downright obscene.
Khloe Kardashian herself is fur-free, yet she has defended her sister's wearing of fur as a personal choice. But it certainly isn't a victimless choice. And in pitting her sister's views against that of the alleged flour bomber, she ignorantly leaves the most important party out of the discussion: the animals.
It takes on average 40 animals to make one fur coat. Not for warmth, not for survival -- for vanity. I wonder how many it will take before the Kardashians realize it's just wrong.
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